Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai by AGi Architects

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“机遇”与“流动性”和“可持续性”共同构成了2020迪拜世博会的三大副主题,它探讨了我们如何发挥个人和社区潜力,强调我们每个人都可以参与创造积极的改变。可能的使命 – “机遇”展馆由AGi事务所为2020迪拜世博会设计。它概括了“机遇”的概念:我们的任何行动都会产生效果,只要迈出一小步,一切皆有可能。展馆是一个公共空间,使世界各地、各行各业的参观者跨越年龄、语言和文化,共同努力为地球及人类创造有意义的、积极的改变。

One of the three subthemes of Expo 2020 Dubai (alongside Mobility and Sustainability), Opportunity examines how we can unlock the potential of individuals and communities, highlighting that each of us has a role to play in creating positive change. Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion was designed by AGi architects for Expo 2020 Dubai. It encapsulates the concept of ‘Opportunity’: the idea that any action we take can create an impact; that anything is possible with a small step. The pavilion is a public space that allows every visitor from every corner of the planet and every walk of life to connect across age, language and culture, working together to achieve meaningful, positive change for our planet and its people.

▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view ©Expo 2020 Dubai


The pavilion was conceived as a large plaza, providing continuity to the Opportunity District in which it is situated. The design builds on the rich urban history of the plaza throughout millennia, from Roman times to the modern day – the concept of a plaza is universal and lends itself to multiple cultures, whether it is a piazza, saha, common or the town square. This universal urban language is important, because the pavilion aims to be a platform for social and cross-cultural engagement.

▼项目外观,external view ©Expo 2020 Dubai


Floating 32 metres above the ground, the pavilion’s canopy represents clouds and the dreams that we all aspire to achieve. The clouds are ethereal, composed of six textile layers of fabric on metal structures, protecting the plaza from direct sun exposure. The colourful elements overlap, creating layers, playing with transparency, light, shadows and colour. The clouds are in constant transformation thanks to the ways in which people view them in space and the changes in light and colour at various times of the day.

▼漂浮在32米高的展馆顶棚 ©Expo 2020 Dubai
the pavilion’s canopy floating 32 metres above the ground

▼顶棚由金属和织物组成,the canopy is composed of metal and fabric ©Expo 2020 Dubai


A terracotta ‘carpet’ covers the ground and the pavilion’s facades – the first time this type of ceramic material has been used in the UAE in this way. This creates a backdrop that neutralises the impact of the buildings, and places emphasis on the pavilion’s public spaces and how humans interact within it. It is in this carpet – the Earth – where the human activity takes place. The space is designed to be appropriated by the visitors, to share experiences and generate a community of knowledge and mutual respect.

▼陶土砖地面,terracotta ground ©Expo 2020 Dubai

▼陶土砖立面,terracotta facade ©Expo 2020 Dubai


To bridge the terrain’s slope, the pavilion’s plaza is organised on two levels, creating a basin where visitors are metaphorically spaced in-between the clouds above and the Earth below and providing a unique, playful place for social interaction and cultural understanding. The constant communication between AGi architects and Expo 2020 Dubai has made this project a reality.

▼模型,models ©AGi Architects

▼平面分析,plan diagram ©AGi Architects

▼总平面图,site plan ©AGi Architects

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan ©AGi Architects

▼二层平面图,first floor plan ©AGi Architects

▼剖面图,section ©AGi Architects

Name: Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai
Type: Culture | 15,000 sqm
Location: Dubai
Date: 2019-2021
Client: Expo 2020 Dubai
Cost: Confidential
Photography: Expo 2020 Dubai

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